Prince George Cougars and City of Prince George are getting closer to signing a lease agreement for CN Centre.
However, Cougars owner Rick Brodsky said, there is no big rush.
“We’ll have a deal done one of these days. It’s a work in progress,” Brodsky said. “The agreement we have is we’ll just keep operating under the old agreement until a new one is signed.”
Overall, Brodsky said, he is very positive about the future of the team.
The Cougars have a strong, healthy team this year led by new coach Mike Vandekamp, he said.
“This is got to be the year we go for it,” he said.
Brodsky said the team’s performance, combined with some new initiatives by business manager Brandi Brodsky, will create some excitement in the community this season.
“I’ve been very disappointed in the attendance in the last two-three years,” Brodsky said. “You need people in the building for the team to survive. [But] I think things are looking very positive.”
Part of the future survival of the team will be getting a lease agreement in place with the city.
“I don’t think we’re very far from getting it done,” he said. “There isn’t a whole lot left to do.”
Prince George director of leisure services Tom Madden said the discussions are, “moving alone.”
Madden said until negotiations are complete, he could say very little about the deal.
However, he said, he hoped to have the ink dried on the lease before the end of November.
“We’re looking to do it sooner, if possible,” Madden said. “I think both parties would agree that it has taken a little longer than it generally has in the past.”